Canadian Glycomics Network: March 2017
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GlycoNet researchers tackle bacterial biofilm development and pathogenesis

By Chardelle Prevatt

The opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa causes severe infections in patients with cystic fibrosis. In patients with compromised immune defenses, these infections can lead to serious complications, reduced quality of life, and high mortality rates.

P. aeruginosa infections are challenging to treat since the bacteria coat themselves in a sticky slime or biofilm that protects them against antibiotics. This slime has many components, one of which is a sugar polymer called PEL. P. aeruginosa secretes this polymer specifically to make the slime stronger during the beginning stages of infection. In a recently published paper based on a GlycoNet-funded project, GlycoNet researchers Dr. Lynne Howell, Lindsey Marmont, Gregory Whitfield, and their colleagues focus on the protein PelC that is required to make PEL. Read more.

GlycoNet - CNTRP collaborative directions: Common goals for two Canadian research networks

GlycoNet and the CNTRP are pleased to share a new joint publication that captures current and future areas of research collaborations and enhanced synergy between the two networks. The publication is an important output of a joint workshop held in May 2016.  Topics described and covered in the publication included:

  • the use of enzymes to generate universal tissue and blood products,
  • the role of antibody glycan structures in inflammation,
  • glycosylation of exosomes and microvesicles,
  • cryopreservation technologies,
  • mass cytometry analysis,
  • microbiome glycans, and
  • xenotransplantation.

This publication will be used as a blueprint to guide future research and partnership strategies between GlycoNet and CNTRP. Read more.

GlycoNet scientist at McMaster finds potential new antibiotic use for old drug

By Chris Dall

Early last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a list of 12 priority pathogens for which new antibiotics are urgently needed. The list was dominated by gram-negative bacteria, which have become resistant to multiple classes of antibiotics.

Although gram-negative bacteria have emerged as a major public health threat in part because of their ability to acquire and pass on mobile resistance elements, they also have what [GlycoNet scientist and] McMaster University biochemistry professor Eric Brown, PhD, calls an “intrinsic resistance” to antibiotics. An outer membrane on the gram-negative cell envelope provides an extra layer of protection against many antibiotics. Read more.

Request for proposals - 2017 GlycoNet translational grant
GlycoNet is pleased to announce the 2017 GlycoNet Translational Grant competition, which is now accepting applications through the GlycoNet Forum. 

Projects should:
  • Be aligned with one of the GlycoNet research themes (see
  • Be multidisciplinary and involve at least two research groups
  • Must have an articulated IP and patentability strategy
  • Be accompanied by a commercialization plan provided by the Technology Transfer Office of the Project Leader’s Institution
  • Have a clear endpoint, successful completion of which would attract a potential partner
  • Ability to demonstrate partner support is preferred

Potential applicants must register by email to Karli Buckle ( by July 3, 2017

For general instructions and deadlines, please visit

GlycoNet immuno-oncology workshop and panel discussion


Join us in discussing the role of glycomics in immuno-oncology.
Date: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm (MST)
Venue: The Banff Park Lodge

Free registration is open


Welcome to all those who have recently joined our Network!

Network Investigator:
Dr. Leah Cowen, University of Toronto

Administrative Member:

Jennifer Doucet joins GlycoNet as the new Administrative Assistant, supporting the Lead Administrative Assistant, Karli Buckle, and other staff at the Administration Centre.
Jennifer can be reached at
GlycoNet members in the news

Congratulations to all those recently published or making headlines!


Canada Foundation for Innovation's John R. Evans Leaders Fund
Dr. Todd Lowary, University of Alberta
Dr. Wesley Zandberg, University of British Columbia 
Dr. Mariela Segura, Université de Montréal
Dr. Nicolas Doucet, Université du Québec - INRS
Dr. David Chatenet, Université du Québec - INRS

GlycoNet's Advanced Training Opportunity Program (ATOP)
Dr. Lisa Willis, University of Toronto
Dr. François Le Mauff, McGill University
GlycoNet's Research Exchange Program
Razan Sheta, Université Laval
Guillaume St-Pierre, Université Laval
GlycoNet's Summer Awards
Sawyer Karabelas-Pittman, McMaster University
Ray Martinez-Rodriguez, Ryerson University
Sara Matthews, University of Guelph
Pierre-Guy Millette, McGill University 
Jocelynn Peters, Western University
Harry Wu, Western University

Selected Publications

Join us at our upcoming May events in beautiful Banff, Alberta. 

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